(CNSNews.com) - Retired U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) corrected CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday night, after Cuomo suggested that President Donald Trump scares Republicans into toeing the Trump line.
Watch Cuomo's eyes roll, as Duffy set him straight:
Cuomo suggested that President Trump "scares" Republicans into agreeing with him by holding re-election over their heads.
"No. So I think you're absolutely wrong, Chris," Duffy responded.
I think -- people don't, you know, gravitate towards Donald Trump because they fear him. They gravitate towards him because they love him. They love the policies that he's fighting for.
We're a party of lifers. We believe in life, not late-term, partial birth abortions. We believe in secure borders. [Eye roll from Cuomo.] We believe in fair trade. We believe in limited government. Donald Trump has fought for all those things. And that's why people love him.
No one's afraid of him. People who disagree with him, and Charlie was one even when he was in Congress, would say he disagrees. (Sen. Lisa) Murkowski feels like she can say she disagrees. The difference, though, is people love him and they love the results of the policy. So I don't think it's fear at all, Chris, it's love and affection for a president who has stood up and fought for the principles that Republicans believe in.
And by the way, we've had presidents and leaders who have said I believe in all these things that you Republicans believe in, they run on that and then they don't do it when they get into office. Donald Trump has actually kept his promises, and for that he has a 90 percent approval in the Republican Party.
Cuomo, never at a loss for words, interrupted: "Kept his promise to pass a tax cut he wouldn't pay for and a trade policy that makes a mockery of conservative thinking for the past 50 years. But Charlie, do you buy the love thing?" Cuomo asked retired U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who appeared on the show with Duffy:
"No, no, I don't," Dent said. "Sure, is there a core element of the party that is completely enthralled with Donald Trump? Yes. But if I had a nickel for every Republican voter who told me they have reservations on Donald Trump but are willing to take a risk on him, they knew he was a potential problem. There are a lot of Republicans out there who support this man very reluctantly and would prefer to have somebody else..."